IGCC/CCS -- Federal and State Incentives for Early Commercial Deployment

Through its focus on incentives for the coal industry, this document provides one of the best summaries we've seen on subsidies to coal gasification, Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology, and associated carbon capture and storage (CCS) methods. Of particular merit are the state-by-state summaries of coal-supportive programs and policies.  As the document was published four years ago, some program may have changed; however, the normal duration of subsidy policies suggests the vast majority remain in effect.

According to the report's authors, "this is the second of two Technical Forum discussions on IGCC/CCS and focuses primarily on the Federal and State incentives offered to encourage technology deployment. Federal energy policy towards IGCC is most recently and clearly established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which authorizes continued RD&D support and strengthens financial incentives to enhance the competitiveness of early commercial IGCC/CCS projects and encourage use of a broad range of coal types, project locations, and plant designs. State policies supporting IGCC/CCS come in the form of legislation and regulations that provide technology development support, streamlined project siting/permitting, and project financing options for early commercial projects."

Additional information on the State Clean Energy and Environment Technical forum can be accessed here.